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Engineering Library: Managing your data

Information about the Department of Engineering Library, including information for researchers

ManagingImage: Close up photo of a computer chip Information and Data

There is an increased emphasis on managing and sharing data produced in research. Many of the research funders supporting work at the University of Cambridge require that research data are openly available with as few restrictions as possible.

Research data management is a complex issue, but done correctly from the start, could save you a lot of time and hassle at the end of the project; when preparing your data for a publication or writing up your thesis. Research data takes many forms, ranging from measurements, numbers and images to documents and publications.

This page is designed to help you get started with managing your data by creating your own Data Management Plan.

Managing Your Data: Online Training

The Engineering Library team offer support and training on managing information and data, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions. If you want to book a one-to-one session for personalised support, please use our Booking Form.

You can watch a short video introducing the basic principles of data management by clicking on the link below (opens in YouTube). 


managing data video

Activity: Create a Data Management Plan

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are documents you create before collecting and working with data. A good DMP explains:

  • What types of data you are working with
  • Your strategy for collecting, organising, storing, backing up and sharing data
  • Ethical and legal compliance with data regulations, including sensitive or commercial data
  • Your responsibilities and any resources you may need to effectively manage your data

Creating a DMP is best practice, and is increasingly required by funders. For this activity, you will begin to create your DMP.

Visit DMP Online and sign up to begin creating your Data Management Plan. The PDF below takes you through the process, and introduces the types of information you will need to think about when creating your DMP.

If you would like feedback on your DMP, please download it as a PDF from DMP Online and email it to us at

Data Management links

For guidance on all aspects of data management, visit

A complete online resource covering Research Data Management (RDM) including FAIR data principles, personal data and Data Management Plans can be found on the Data Management LibGuide.

The Research Skills LibGuide also covers data management among other skills.

If you are working on Text and Data Mining (TDM) see the Text and Data Mining LibGuide

University and funder policies on data management can be found at: Data policies.

To create your own Data Management Plan, we recommend using DMP Online.

To make your data available openly, deposit it to the University of Cambridge Data Repository.

For information on using Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs), see the University ELN page.

The Engineering Department Data Champions are local experts on research data management and sharing who can provide assistance and support. For information and to contact a Data Champion, see the Engineering Data Champions page


Register Your Completion

To register your completion of this online training, please go to the booking page below and click "book a place" (Raven login required):